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Climate Resilience Rice Commercialization Sector Development Program (Rice-SDP)

$14.6 for agricultural productivity growth and diversity in selected highly food insecure and economically depressed areas.


Agriculture is one of the main engines of economic growth in Cambodia. Rice accounts for about 90% of the cropped area and 50% of the agriculture sector output, which is mostly consumed domestically. However, nearly a quarter of the provinces face food deficits despite a paddy surplus. The agriculture sector faces constraints, including: an underdeveloped seed industry with a lack of legislation to protect the interests of seed developers to produce quality seeds; an inadequate legal system and structure governing agriculture associations and contract farming; and a high risk of climate change events affecting land use, such as floods and droughts.


The Climate Resilience Rice Commercialization Sector Development Program (Rice-SDP) supports the implementation of Government of Cambodia’s Policy on the Promotion of Paddy Production and Rice Export, to improve household and national food security and expand rice export. The project aims to help transform the predominantly subsistence rice subsector in Cambodia into a commercially oriented one by removing the legal and regulatory constraints that inhibit rice commercialization, improving the productivity of paddy crops and consistency in the quality of milled rice, enhancing rice value chain support services, and addressing the risks associated with climate change through mitigation and adaptation. The project involves the rehabilitation of over 10,000 ha of irrigation systems, the establishment of paddy drying and storage facilities in partnership with private rice miller and rural development banks, the renovation of a seed testing laboratory, and the introduction of a weather indexed crop insurance.

Project Status






Focus area

  • Climate Change

Supervising entity


49,520 people have been reached, of which about half are women. The project targets the provinces of Battambang, Kampong Thom, and Prey Veng, as these are the largest rice producers.


The project is rehabilitating six irrigation sub-projects benefitting around 46 villages, 10,343 households including 1,519 female headed households. These six subprojects will create a combined potential irrigated area of 10,373 hectares.


Chanthou Hem
Senior Project Officer, +855 23 216 417


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Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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